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Bay Nature magazineJanuary-March 2018


The San Francisco Bay Area’s crazy quilt-pattern of rock formations — shaped by earthquakes — are the key to understanding the region’s landscapes. From ice-age dune sand in San Francisco to recently subsided land in the Santa Clara Valley or the veritable maze of earthquake faults in the East Bay, the geology is a fascinating blueprint of the region’s natural history.

A Newly Discovered Potential Cause of Rockfalls in Yosemite

January 02, 2018 by Alexander Fox

What role might heat play in causing rocks to fall? Scientists look for an answer.

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Ancient Whale Bones and Megalodon Shark Teeth Unearthed in East Bay

February 21, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

A dam retrofit project reveals a treasure trove from the time when California had a vast inland sea.

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Finding Stories in a Few Grains of Northern California Beach Sand

July 05, 2016 by Andrew Alden

Magnified 200 times, these grains from Point Reyes tell an ancient tale.

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Letter from the Publisher: Of Volcanoes, Headlands, and Mountains

October 01, 2015 by David Loeb

David Loeb's October 2015 Bayview column

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Rocking Out at Kehoe Beach: A Trip Through Time on the Pacific Plate

July 03, 2015 by Doris Sloan

A visit to Kehoe Beach takes you on a journey to one of the Bay Area’s most dramatic geologic sites, where you can see rocks that have traveled far through time and space to pause temporarily in the Bay Area.

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Not Doomed (Yet): A Q&A With Extinction Experts Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly

November 24, 2014 by Eric Simons

Two biologists discuss Earth's alarming extinction rate.

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Groundwater Depletion Could Lead to Earthquakes

May 15, 2014 by Katherine Bourzac

In a newly published paper, scientists link groundwater depletion in the Central Valley to geologic uplift and maybe even earthquakes.

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Why Bay Nature?

April 22, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

Publisher David Loeb had his Bay Nature epiphany while hiking in China Camp State Park. That’s when he conceived of ...

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Is There Earthquake Weather? And Was That It?

October 16, 2013 by Sean Greene

Some people swear there's earthquake weather. Some people swear there's not. So what happens when an earthquake strikes California during earthquake weather? We called the Berkeley Seismology Lab to get an expert opinion.


Behind the Fracking Boom: Unearthing the Secrets of the Monterey Shale

October 14, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

But the pressure to exploit these resources isn’t going away anytime soon either, nor is the debate over the wisdom of doing so. As we weigh the pros and cons, a missing piece of the conversation is the land itself: What is the Monterey Formation? What is it made of and how did it get here? And what kind of habitats, plants, and animals live atop it?


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